By Stephanie Kuzydym

NORMAN — Sam Grooms wasn't sick.

At least, that's what Oklahoma men's basketball coach Lon Kruger confirmed the day before his senior reserve sat the entire first half of the Sooners' game against Kansas State.

“He's feeling fine,” Kruger said of Grooms, who scored five points in the final minute of the Sooners' 52-50 loss.

Grooms wasn't playing as many minutes because he wasn't playing defense.